REVIEW: Babyliss Pro Perfect Curl [Demo]
Ease of Use8.5
Here’s a video review of the Babyliss Pro Perfect Curl, or Miracurl (as known in Korea and USA). Like I mentioned in the video, I first saw this when I was in Melbourne and was very intrigued by the technology behind it. Since we use a 3-pin plug that’s different to Australia, I didn’t want to purchase it when I was there. I think Hair Warehouse was selling it for around AUD$220.
When I got back to Singapore, I had almost forgotten about this product until when I saw Tanya Burr mention it in one of her favourites video. So I started doing research and found that there were so many different types being sold on eBay and Qoo10 at varying prices, ranging from $99 to $300. (Pretty bizarre for such a new product!) I emailed a couple of them to verify authenticity but none responded directly to my query. Based on my research, I believe the Perfect Curl price should be at least SGD$350 onwards. So the websites that were selling it for half it’s price was just too dodgy in my opinion.
I also found a local Facebook page which was selling it for $300. I emailed the admin to enquire and he said he is a hairstylist and orders for his clients in Singapore. Waiting time was about 10-12 days. Again, he did not answer my query of authenticity. This was even more puzzling because I couldn’t be sure if the item was authentic even though it wasn’t set at a ridiculously discounted price tag like some other sellers. At the same time, I couldn’t see how he would be able to get it at such a cheap price. Even with trade discount, the Perfect Curl would still have cost £145 including VAT. If you include shipping and FX rates, I honestly don’t see how he would be able to sell it at $300. All this, plus the long waiting time of 10-12 days just put me off.
Anyway, long story short, I decided to order from the official website in the UK, since the plug is compatible to Singapore. I paid a total of £169 (including VAT) and had it shipped by Borderlinx and paid an additional £26 for it. Yup! Pretty expensive, but I got it within 5 days!! How awesome is that!?
Here are some close up pictures of the Perfect Curl:
You might think, why spend so much on a curling iron? My experience with electrical tools has always been that if you buy a well-made product, it will last you a long time. Just like the Enzo Milano Curling Iron that I got in 2005 back in the UK for £85. That was pretty expensive for a curling iron back then, especially when the FX rate was 3.2. But, it’s an amazing iron and it still does it’s magic today.
The main reasons why I got this were:
- I love acquiring unique new technology
- I want to be able to curl my hair without the fear of burning myself
- To be able to curl my hair in half the time so I can curl and conceal bad hair days
Let me try and answer some questions you might have in mind..
Is the Perfect Curl worth the big price tag?
TOTALLY! I can now curl my hair in under 15 minutes, something that has never been achievable with my thick hair.
Is it easy to use?
Yes, it is extremely idiot-proof, as long as you read and follow the instructions. For example, start with dry, combed hair; take a moderate section of hair and not be over zealous and take a big chunk.
I have seen reviews that says it’s not recommended for people with thick hair because it takes too long to curl hair.
This was one of the impediments that contributed to the delay of my order. But, I can assure you that it all boils down to the type of curls you want vs the amount of hair you take into the chamber. I find that if you twist each section before clamping the tool, it allows it to accept more hair, thus shortening the time taken to curl your hair.
Do the curls last through the night?
Yes! I personally have very stubborn and difficult to curl hair. With the Perfect Curl, the curls stay put throughout the night, even with Singapore’s humidity. I have also slept with the curls and woke up the next morning with very loose waves which are just so effortless looking and gorgeous. I would however recommend using some hairspray to keep your curls intact.
How do I order?
I just found BeautyBay.com selling it for SGD394 with free shipping. Deal.com.sg also seems to have one for sale at $74.90 but it does have some difference to the one I own. Buy at your own risk 😉
Who would you recommend to get the Perfect Curl?
Anyone with long hair and is in love with loose curls but doesn’t do a good job with a normal curling iron.
Bottomline, I am in love with it and I know I will be using it a lot. Is it a MUST-HAVE? I don’t think so, especially if you are skilled in curling your hair with a regular curling tool. But it’s definitely an extremely good-to-have for people who want to curl their hair quick and easy.
Hope this has been helpful for you. Leave your questions below and I will get back to you.